Hawke began his career in 1982. He first served on Active Duty, then in Army Reserves and in the National Guard. Hawke was a Sergeant First Class (SFC) as a Special Forces Medic (18D), Special Forces Communicator (18E) and Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Sergeant (18F). He recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Special Forces Captain (18A), also known as a Green Beret Officer. He was assigned in a billet for Major, to U.S. Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) located at Fort Bragg, NC, home of the Green Berets to support 3rd SFGA before he retired in 2010).
As a Sergeant, Hawke was a Jump Master, earned numerous foreign jump wings and, for a short period, he was a Recruiter for Special Operations (Psyops and Civil Affairs) in the Reserves. As an SFC, he had attended Infantry (11B) Advance Sergeant School (ANCOC). Hawke was also certified as a Paramedic (NR-EMT-PM), Scuba Diver (Cape Fear PADI), and attended training in Skydiving (Green Beret Sport Parachute Club).
As an Officer, Hawke attended Medical Officer School (70B), Infantry Advanced Officer School (11A), and Civil Affairs Advanced Officer School (38A). He also completed the Advanced Officer School and Combined Arms Support Service School (CAS3). While he was a young officer, 2LT, he briefly recruited specialty officers such as Doctors, Lawyers, and Chaplains for the Army Guard.
After 9/11, Hawke was a single parent living with his two teen sons and working in L.A. as a Segment Producer for ABC when he was called back to active duty. He spent 2 years serving in the Global War On Terror (GWOT). During this time, he went back through the Special Forces course, sixteen years after the first time, to earn his S.F. Officer Qualification and go on to serve as Commander of the Afghan Militia Forces and later as a Team Commander. He also served as the Executive Officer (XO) for the 18A Committee at the Special Warfare School (SWC) and as an Assistant Operations Officer (S-3a) at 4th Training Battalion (4th BN, SWC.)
During his career as an Officer, Hawke also attended some select Special Forces training such as: Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Instructor (AT/FP Level II), Peace time Government and Hostage Detention (SERE 245, PG-HD), Personnel Recovery (JPRA 102), Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion (SERE, Level-C).
As a Reservist, Captain Hawke was assigned to support the Active Duty Special Forces unit, 3rd SFGA. Hawke is proud to continue to support his S.F. Brethren and sends prayers out for his fallen comrades, their families, and those still serving in harm's way. Mykel Hawke supports the Special Forces Association and in a member of his local New Orleans Chapter.
Hawke runs an adventure training company (www.specops.com) that uses survival for a variety of teaching purposes such as: Corporate Leadership, Family Counseling, Couples Bonding, Singles Mingling, Troubled Teens, Professional Level Safety, Remote Medicine, Elite Military Prep, TV and Film Crew training, Cast and Talent skill provision and advising, Production Company support and development.
Hawke began his TV career quite by accident. He started a Medical company to work in War Zones after Desert Storm. The work was intense, so he began a tourism company for his team to get down time working in Costa Rica running children's programs. That's how MTV's Road Rules Central America found SpecOps and asked Mykel to help develop the program for their season finale. Hawke ended up representing SpecOps in a dual role as a bad guy and the good guy on MTV Road Rules in 1998. He then did some consulting for Danish TV in 1999, Boot Camp in 2000, and Fear Factor in 2001. After his first TV appearance, he worked on numerous productions as set medic, security, translator, and producer. He was mobilized for two years after 9/11.
Once Hawke completed his tour of duty, with the raised profile of Special Forces in the media, he was asked to do a number of other shows as on screen talent. Between 2004-2005 he appeared as a subject matter expert in survival, warfare, leadership, medicine, and special operations for TV shows such as Tactical to Practical, Healthcops, Britain's Worst Boss, and Forever Eden. He appeared in the 2006 movie Dirty Sanchez as himself. In 2006, he also filmed an episode of the Discovery Channel's I Shouldn't Be Alive: Science of Survival in which he taught survival in the Amazon jungle.
In 2007, he appeared as the Resident Expert on survival for the BBC's series about community survival,Castaway Exposed, and was featured as a survival camp instructor on The Simple Life Goes to Camp. He appeared as an interrogator and fitness trainer for Kimberly Stewart in Living with Kimberly. In 2008, Hawke was a fitness trainer for Kyle's Academy in the U.K. and appeared on Fox's Reality Revealed, Behind the Scenes of Paradise Hotel 2 as the set Medic and Security, which aired in the U.S. A now-frequent guest on Channel 5's The Gadget Show, Hawke appeared in 2008, demonstrating new survival technologies, and on the show Fifth Gear, where he was test driving old and new military jeeps. Both shows aired in the U.K.
In 2009, Hawke was involved with a new reality series about survival for the Discovery Channel released that spring. He was on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmer in June, in which Andrew learned to survive and hunt for his own food in the Mexican jungle. During the summer, he helped out on Kourtney & Khloe take Miami on E! and was a recurring guest on Big Brother's Little Brother in the U.K. Hawke was also on ABC's Good Morning America with Chris Cuomo discussing Family Preparedness in August.
Mykel Hawke is the creator and star of two hit survival series for the Discovery Channel, Man, Woman, Wild and One Man Army. The popular show was not canceled, rather discontinued at Hawke's option. He continues to appear on many channels and networks in the US such as the Conan O'Brien show and Extreme Chef and The Gadget Show, Tool Academy and Big Brother's Little Brother in the U.K. Hawke's latest production with the Outdoor Channel, Elite Tactical Unit, is airing on Wednesday's at 9 PM (EST) and his newest show with TRAVEL channel is set to air in JUNE 2013, as well as a few commercials; Mykel has a few films in the works, so keep an eye out for those.
Hawke was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and, as an "Army brat," grew up mostly in the southeast in places like: Fort Monroe, VA; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA; Fort Hood; Fort Carson, CO.
He is a 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Aikido and a 1st Degree in Judo. He has also studied Wu Shu and Wing Chun Kung Fu, Karate and Special Forces Combatives. Hawke enjoys hiking, camping, shooting, fishing, and all types of outdoor activities as well as teaching, reading, writing, and music. He is an enthusiast in all forms of primitive hunting methods (only for survival food ) as well as having an interest in Native American Knife and Tomahawk fighting techniques.
Hawke grew up very poor and survived on the streets as a teen, which is why he is into survival. He was kicked out of junior high school for fighting against bullies, which is why he joined Special Forces to help others. He never attended high school because, as the eldest, he had to take a job to help his mother support his siblings, which is why he is keen on education. He uses his Master's Degree, education, and experience to help others and is pursuing his PhD in order to one day run a full-time camp for kids—his dream job when he retires. If he ever grows up!
Hawke is married to TV Presenter Ruth England. They have a son and reside in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hawke is also proud to have two grown sons and a grandson and grand daughter living in the U.S. as well.